Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) released the following statement in advance of the three-year anniversary of the President's health care law tomorrow:
"Three years ago, the Senate Democrats passed their highly partisan, one-size-fits-all health care law that forces the federal government to spend money it doesn't have while placing an additional burden on families and small businesses struggling to make ends meet amid a weak economy.
"During a time of record debt and deficits, this unaffordable law will spend nearly $600 billion while increasing premiums on families by $2,100 per year and killing jobs through almost $1 trillion in new taxes. It is expected to increase premiums for healthy young Americans by as much as 169 percent, adding to their stress as they deal with high student loans and navigate a tough job market.
"Even more, the bill is ridden with a complex maze of onerous regulations -- almost 20,000 pages worth--that creates uncertainty and unpredictability, hampering entrepreneurship and standing in the way of businesses expanding and hiring workers.
"Rather than expanding government and imposing additional taxes and burdens on future generations, we should implement patient centered health care that actually reduces costs and expands access."